Kurdish Official: ISIS Is Morphing Into More Powerful Al-Qaeda On Steroids

Following the inevitable collapse of ISIS’ caliphate in Iraq and Syria, ISIS will morph into an insurgency that will resemble “al-Qaeda on steroids,” the senior-most anti-terrorism official in Iraqi Kurdistan has said, Reuters reports.

In an interview with the outlet, Lahur Talabany said the battle against the militants could take another three or four years in total even though ISIS’ territory in Iraq has almost all but been dismantled. The reference to al-Qaeda appears to draw a comparison to the United States’ years-long battle with the dispersed insurgent group, which has plagued American foreign policy for nearly two decades.

ISIS’ transformation from a state entity into an insurgent group similar to al-Qaeda (only more deadly) is something Anti-Media has previously warned about; ISIS’ cells still exist in Iraq and have been documented as more than capable of launching attacks. This will only make the terror group harder to defeat now that its adversaries don’t have a specific territory to target – regardless of how many militants the Iraqi Armed Forces throw off cliffs and rooftops.

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FBI: Hawaii Soldier With Ties To ISIS Threatened To Kill ‘A Bunch Of People’

An active duty Hawaii soldier who was arrested for allegedly trying to provide material support and training to the Islamic State terrorist group told an undercover federal agent Saturday that he wanted to kill “a bunch of people.”

A criminal complaint alleges that Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, was arrested at his Waipahu apartment Saturday, shortly after pledging his loyalty to ISIS and making the threatening statement.

“A probable cause arrest was made in the interest of public safety,” Honolulu FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul D. Delacourt said Monday, after Kang’s first appearance in federal court.

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Islamic State Nears Its End

Even before the battle is won, hopes of a fresh dawn for Iraq are fading

THE fireworks have been ordered. Street parties are planned. The Iraqi government has prepared a week of festivities to mark the fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Three years after seizing control of the great alluvial plains of the Tigris and the Euphrates, Islamic State, which has claimed so many victims in north-western Iraq, Syria and beyond, is finally dying. American-led forces in Syria breached the old city walls of IS’s capital, Raqqa, on July 4th. In Mosul, in Iraq, all but the last alleyways of the Old City were back in government hands as The Economist went to press on July 6th.

Finding a backdrop from which to celebrate the liberation of Mosul will be difficult, though. Between them, IS and the coalition have destroyed too many shrines and mosques to leave much of historic value, including the al-Nuri mosque dating back to Crusader times from where Mr Baghdadi proclaimed himself caliph. Gone is the Jewish quarter, the markets with their monasteries, and the lattice balconies and sculptured masonry of another Sunni silk road city. “Overlooking the Tigris, there could be no nobler or more beautiful place to sit in,” waxed Ibn Jubayr, a Spanish travel writer who visited in the 12th century. What one side booby-trapped, the other side shelled. Almost half the neighbourhoods of west Mosul have been destroyed, including much of the Old City, estimates a foreign observer, perhaps some 20,000 houses in all. “Like Dresden,” an American general was heard muttering, touring the ruins.

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Pro-Open Border Clooneys ‘Leaving UK Amid Terror Fears’

Pro-open borders activists, George and Amal Clooney, are planning to leave the UK because they don’t feel safe after the recent spate of terror attacks, according to a family insider.

The celebrity power couple have used their fame and fortune to push for open borders and even sat down with Angela Merkel herself to express their support for her refugee policy.

But now it seems, like all luvvies, they don’t actually mean they support it for themselves, so will be moving back to LA because, according to a Clooney family insider, George doesn’t “feel like Amal and the twins are safe living in the English countryside,” following the attacks in London and Manchester – neither of which are in the countryside.

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President Trump’s Travel Ban Is A Screening Process That Protects Us. It Is Not A “Muslim Ban.”

As a former refugee from Iraq and a proud American citizen, I’ve followed closely the public debate and legal battle right through Monday’s Supreme Court decision about President Trump’s travel ban. But I haven’t talked to many people who have actually read it.

If they did, and knew their recent history, they would find that this travel ban is essentially no different — and no more aggressive — than other policies handed down by Democratic and Republican administrations.

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I Am A Muslim, And I Support Trump’s Travel Restrictions

The mainstream media and many others have been grilling President Trump since he signed the executive order temporally halting the population of seven predominantly Muslim states from entering the USA.  As a result, he has been called everything from “racist” to “Islamophobic.”

As a Jordanian Muslim who also holds a British citizenship, I am not offended by the president’s actions, nor am I convinced that the executive orders in question were specifically written to target Muslims, for the following reasons:

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Paris To Build A ‘Wall’ Around Eiffel Tower As Terrorism Becomes Mundane In Europe

Americans are still waiting for a border wall, but France is set to get a wall of their own by the end of the year.

Unlike the American iteration, this barrier won’t be erected on the French border. It’s set to surround the Eiffel Tower to shield it from terrorist attacks.

Last month, the Paris city council approved a $20 million bulletproof glass wall, just over 8 feet high, that will surround the iconic tower.

In a country proudly obsessed with art and beauty, this will be an obnoxious eyesore and a reminder that war and violence is just a breath away in the seemingly pacific city of romance.

Paris, like so many other European cities, has become ground zero for relentless terrorist attacks by Islamists.

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